Trudeau made the incredible announcement at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver. The funding will begin in 2023 with $700 million of it to be specifically used for sexual and reproductive health rights for women and girls. An official statement from the Canada Prime Minister's office specified that the other portion of the money will contribute to supporting maternal, newborn, and child health, legal access to safe abortion, and providing sexual education.
This money is part of a 10-year commitment to raise up and support women around the globe. Part of the statement reads, "From providing comprehensive sexual education, to supporting maternal and neonatal care, the investment will advance the rights and health of women and girls around the world." Trudeau spoke at the summit and was clear that he wanted Canada to be a world leader for women's rights
In an interview about this initiative, Trudeau elaborated his stance by saying, "Women don’t have to imagine not being able to access healthcare when they need it, they don’t have to imagine being denied the right to choose what’s best for their health and their future — for far too many people, that’s the reality, and that’s unacceptable.”
This initiative has a goal of empowering 18 million women and girls in developing nations worldwide over the decade it will be in place. The Women Deliver 2019 Conference is the largest gathering in the world that celebrates and promotes. gender equality and the health and well being of women and girls worldwide. Trudeau was a speaker as was his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
Narcity shared this story of the male prime minister breaking the news about this one of a kind initiative. This $1.4 billion health fund has gotten a lot of positive feedback already.
YES YES YES!!!!! @JustinTrudeau just made the announcement of $1.4 billion annually for Women’s and Child health, $700m of that for SRHR @WomenDeliver!!! #WD2019 #CARE4women pic.twitter.com/MmkkjMUlGQ— Sarah MacIndoe (@S_MacIndoe) June 4, 2019
This move comes soon after the United Staes has been imposing strict abortion laws across a handful of states. While support for the law is common so is the resulting opposition. The United State's controversial stance has sparked talk around the globe about women's reproductive rights and women's rights in general.
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